Friday, 4 September 2009


One of our wise Maori friends has been watching the Laws issue closely and he raises some points I think need airing.

I think Laws may not have had a very good interpretation of the letter. Yes, it seems very blunt. But, to a speaker of Maori it wouldn’t. He has reacted in his usual petulant way. Now that there has been a kick back he’s trying to sugar coat it. He has reinforced the perception that he can dish it out but he can’t take it – which is the worst form of cowardice.

The arguments about children’s anger are spurious. They are 10-12 year old children for goodness sake.

The arguments about them being put up by their teachers and that this is just another example of kids at kura being politicized is an attempt to move the goal posts.

He is supposed to be a leader – of both adults and children.

Perhaps he needs to be asked what he, as a leader of a community with a high Maori population, is doing about the issues he says the children should be turning their attention to. I don’t see anything, so is this a case of do as I say, not do as I do?


PM of NZ said...

'The arguments about them being put up by their teachers...'

And I did wonder if this the one and the same Selwyn Katene or near relative?

And does the Maori Party MP of the same name fit somewhere into this saga?

It all smacks of upping the ante prior to the Geographic Board formal decision.

adamsmith1922 said...


My take here